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A Kirkus Prize nominee with five starred reviews! A New York Times bestseller!
Named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR and the New York Public Library!
"The queer teen historical you didn’t know was missing from your life.”Teen Vogue
"A stunning powerhouse of a story."School Library Journal
"A gleeful romp through history."ALA Booklist
A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi LeeSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.
Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.
©2017 Mackenzie Van Engelenhoven (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Clephiro on 06-28-17

Must Read

Loved it so much. Witty, fun and romantic. Plus the performance was amazing. I couldn't put it down.

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By 5ismyfavoritenumber on 07-22-17

Even better than I expected...

This was a wonderful book that took me by surprise with its humor, well-paced plot, and memorable characters. I took a chance on it, and I am so glad I did. The fact that characters felt flawed and real, yet didn't irritate me, was a refreshing change from other books I have picked up recently. I recommend it to anyone who wants a quick, fun read.

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By Lis on 08-22-17

A wonderful listen

Monty is a little hard to like to begin with but I did warm up to him. I loved Percy and Felicity and their adventure in Europe was a lot of fun. The narrator's voice was perfect and enhanced the experience.

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By Jamie on 07-18-17

Hilarious, heartbreaking, honest & beautiful

One of the best books of the year. A hilarious romp of a historical novel, enough danger, magic and adventure to keep me on the edge of my seat, and brilliant, brilliant characters who aren't so much flawed as painfully, adorably real. I couldn't help love Monty even when he was being an idiot, selfish or completely ridiculous, or even all three at once. The side characters and the relationships between them were fantastically portrayed and really made the book. Also, outstanding handling of diversity in a setting and era where being anything other than white, male and preferably rich was subject to varying but usually horrifying levels of prejudice. It covered some really heavy, tough issues without ever coming across preachy or derailing the story and honestly, some of the hardships faced by the characters, especially Percy, brought me close to tears.

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By oceanjasper on 09-20-17

Beautifully crafted and superbly narrated

This is a rollicking adventure with a mostly historically accurate feel (I'm not sure if the occasional modern expressions were inadvertent on the author's part or a deliberate technique but they actually work well).

Monty is a wonderful character who proves to be much more complex than the dissolute young nobleman he appears at the start of the book. But his sister Felicity is a scene-stealer; fiercely intelligent, independent-minded and often sharp-tongued. The way their initial sibling disdain evolves over the course of the book is as compelling in its way as the relationship between Monty and Percy.

The prose is gorgeous, with creative and lyrical descriptions bringing the settings to vivid life. But the narration..... Christian Coulson is perfect for Monty; he sounds young enough, with the cut-glass diction of the English aristocrat. The precision of his delivery brings forth every nuance of Monty's feelings, far more than would be inferred from the written word. We experience his fear and helplessness and boundless love at different stages of the book. The other characters are equally vivid; Percy's voice is calm and melodious, Felicity's often harsh and impatient. I would give the narration 10 stars if I could.

I adored this audiobook and doled it out to myself in measured portions to fully savour it. If ever there was a perfect combination of story and narrator, this is it.

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By Liv on 08-18-17

Amazing

Probably the best book I've listened to on audible! It was one of the few books that I felt was better listened to, mainly because I didn't have to try to read things in an English accent and could hear it instead. Definitely would recommend if you like history, science, romance and adventure, this book has it all.

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